It is with great sadness to report the passing of Christopher Parker who died in August whilst on holiday in Scotland. He joined the Livery in 1991, becoming a Court Assistant in 2004. Christopher spent many years in the spirits trade both overseas and in the UK. In 1993 he set up his own company, London and Scottish International. In 2000 he was the first to launch an organic gin, Juniper Green, followed by UK5 organic vodka, Papagayo organic rum, and Highland Harvest organic whisky. He worked with many importers and often travelled around the world to visit them. In 2007 both Juniper Green and UK5 organic vodka were honoured to receive a royal warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales.
Christopher made a substantial contribution to the Livery Company – being a long-term member of the Industry Committee, he was also Chairman for a number years. He was the ‘real’ founder, and one of the champions of the Gin Guild and was on the Board until recently. He played a major role in driving the Gin Guild forward to its success today. He helped the Livery in many ways and Christopher, along with his wife Heather and their family, were, and continue to be, great supporters of the Livery attending many events and Court visits.
Christopher was a Keeper of the Quaich and was inducted in October 1988, becoming Master in October 1998. He was also a loyal supporter of Scottish Rugby, a keen trout fisherman, a golfer and involved in a substantial number of local organisations. The Master and a good number of Liverymen were present at his funeral, attended by over 250 people. Liverymen, Tony Pugh, gave one of the eulogies. He will be very much missed by many of us. Farewell our dear friend.